On behalf of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) the president of the alliance Yvonne Chu expressed her condolences on the untimely death of Karen Vardanyan.

“Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), I cannot adequately express my heartfelt sadness in hearing of the passing of our great friend and colleague Karen Vardanyan.

My sincerest and deepest condolences go out to Karen’s family, loved ones, friends and colleagues.

As the longtime Executive Director of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE) in Armenia, Karen was considered the “Father of the Technology Industry in Armenia”.  His dedication to his country, the ICT industry and especially the youth was inspiring, indelible and will be greatly missed.

WITSA is very proud to have bestowed upon Karen, in 2019, its highest and most prestigious award, WITSA’s Eminent Person’s Award. The award is bestowed on individuals who a significant contribution to mankind. His name will go down in history with other luminary recipients

Karen was the great man and a great, gentle person. He will be sorely missed”.

Besides Karen Vardanyan Nelson Mandela, Mike Lazaratis, Robert Khan and Vint Cerf have won the prestigious WITSA’s Eminent Person’s Award over the years.

It should be noted that the World Alliance of Information Technology and Services is the founder of the annual World Conference on Information Technology. WITSA members represent more than 80 countries and associations, which account for more than 90 percent of the global information technology market.

Karen Vardanyan passed away on July 10. RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a decision to create a funeral commission for Karen Vardanyan and approve its personnel.